The Local Connection is a partnership between United Way, Covering Kids & Families, and Open Door Health Services, and the Interlocal Community Action Program of Delaware County (ICAP). The Local Connection initiative is funded by the Indiana Association of United Ways, through a Lilly Grant to address community conditions in one rural community (Gaston, IN), and one Urban Neighborhood (Whitely). 

Project Goal: To remove stigma and increase building blocks so that all people in underserved urban neighborhoods and rural communities will have easier access to the systems of support available in the community at large. 

Objective: Stigma, access and availability all are barriers to people accessing needed resources. Therefore, to improve access to the systems of support available, this project strengthens and enhances the collaborative infrastructure currently existing in our county.

Specific solutions will: 

  • Remove Barriers to success and increase supports for success
  • Involve delivery of services to people in their small town or neighborhood
  • Be community-driven, not pre-determined
  • Have clear outcomes and objectives developed by community members
  • Be sustainable

The Local Connection seeks to connect people with the resources they need, where they live. By partnering with local school districts to advance the common good, the Local Connection is able to change community conditions in the areas of Education, Income and Health.